Prayer for the Synod

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.

Amen.

Message from Father Langan, December 4-5

December 4-5

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Pope Francis has recently called for a Church-wide Synod in order to address serious issues that are presently affecting the Church.  During this Synod process he desires to hear from Catholics throughout the world.  Everyone’s participation is encouraged and the information received over the next year and a half will be collated and presented to the Holy See prior to the Bishops’ Synod with the Holy Father in 2023.  In the meantime, both on the diocesan and parish level, discussions will be taking place to address the questions and concerns presented.

One of the foundations of the Catholic Faith is belief that God is present in each and every person.  The Church values the art of listening and has used the concept of Synodality as a means of listening to the voice of Christ alive in believers.  Synod is a gathering of members of the Church who invoke the power of the Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide both individuals and the collective body to arrive at healthy and peaceful solutions.  As a parish we will have our first of several listening sessions on Wednesday evening December 15th at 7 pm in Holy Family Hall (St. John’s).  In preparation for the gathering I ask those who will be in attendance to go to the Diocese of Scranton website and peruse the information regarding the Synod.  There are several surveys to review. Please be sure to answer and be prepared to bring your response to the meeting.  Let us remember that our participation is always to be carried out in the utmost charity and concern for one another.

On behalf of our parishioners and myself I extend our thanks to Hessling Funeral home for the beautiful calendars for 2022.  As always, they reflect the best in Catholic Art and are truly inspirational.  And our thanks to the anonymous donor of the two angel wreaths on the doors of St. Mary Magdalen.   Mysteriously they appear every year and I don’t know who to personally thank but they certainly are a sign of someone’s love for their parish.

Advent Blessings to All, 

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan, November 27-28

November 27-28

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, 

Often in life things happen quickly and we find ourselves unprepared.  So it seems with Advent. Who hasn’t asked themselves,”… you mean it’s here already? Indeed it is! Happily this year we have nearly four full weeks of this season of preparation before  we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus  Christ. How then shall we use this time? Let us look  to what mothers do when they anticipate the birth  of their child. A nursery is generally cleaned, painted,  decorated and made into a welcoming place for the  newborn. There is extraordinary excitement even in  the midst of calm and meditative waiting. These very  common responses of an expectant mother are also  a profound lesson for how we can prepare our souls  for the birth of Christ. 

Of course, Our Lord has already been born, but spiritually He desires to be, in a sense, born again in our  hearts and souls. Thus we must prepare ourselves  for that rebirth. We ask, “Have I prepared my soul to  welcome the King?” Has our soul become cluttered  and dusty with sin? Is it a fitting place to welcome a  new-born? God in His mercy and graciousness has  given us the means to prepare the nursery of our  souls—Confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  During Advent, amid the hustle and bustle of the  season, our first priority should be to make a good  Confession. As you know, your priests are available  daily, before and after Mass to hear confessions. We  also have, at St Mary Magdalen, Confessions from  10:30 to 12 noon every Saturday. In case of a funeral  we will hear confessions at St John’s. 

May God bestow wondrous graces upon you during  this Holy Season as we prepare for the Coming of the  Lord. 

In His Peace, 

Father Langan

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, we will be hosting a mandatory Altar Server Training for all current and prospective servers on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 AM  (please note change in time) at St. John the Evangelist Church.  Any 4th – 8th grade who is interested in becoming an altar server is invited to join.  Please contact the Parish Office so we have an idea on how many will be attending.

Message from Father Langan, November 20-21

November 20-21

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Americans it is not easy for us to wrap our heads around the concept of monarchy.  We see things through the lens of our democratic-republic system of government and we know how messy that often is.  When we think of kings and queens they can seem to be “out of our league” and unapproachable.  That may be so for earthly rulers but hardly the case when it comes to our Divine King and Sovereign.  Jesus Christ came amongst us as the Good Shepherd, gentle and kind, Who laid down His life for His sheep.  He extracted no recompense from His followers except to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as well.

It would be quite inappropriate to project our notion of earthly kings or rulers on the Lord Jesus.  He has come to bring us together in His kingdom, one which is ruled by charity and self-sacrifice.  What a joyful consolation for us knowing that we are drawn into this kingdom.  We have a place here and now and our shepherd-king has shown us how to live within it.  He asks for our humble but necessary cooperation to build up the kingdom founded upon the throne of the Cross.  Every time you look upon that cross-beamed throne see the Real King and once again pledge your loyalty and allegiance to Him Who has already made a place for you in His Eternal Kingdom.

With this Solemnity we come to the near- end of the Year of Grace 2021.  It has been a difficult, challenging and upsetting year for many but it should not defeat us.  Next Sunday begins the Holy Season of Advent and we implore God’s good favor upon us that the days ahead may bring good health, less fearfulness, and a deep inner peace to all distressed hearts and souls.  Though Advent always seems to fly by, try to take time to let the joyful expectation of the season permeate the depths of your soul for Emmanuel comes once again to renew the world.

With Blessings,

Father  Langan

Message for Mass Attendees:


The health and safety of everyone who attends Mass at Saint John the Evangelist Parish is of critical
importance to us.


Our parish was notified that an individual who was present at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Saint John the
Evangelist Church later tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, November 16. We are sending this
notification to fully inform and protect our community.


The Diocese of Scranton strongly recommends that all people wear masks while attending Mass,
regardless of their vaccination status.


Everyone in our community is encouraged to know and keep alert for any potential symptoms of COVID19, which may include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
muscle pain, headache or a loss of taste and smell. If anyone develops any of those symptoms, they
should contact their healthcare provider.


Our parish community wishes to extend prayers for healing and comfort to the individual who is
experiencing illness and for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Message from the Assistant Pastor

Missionaries in Our Midst

I am grateful to God for the gift of faith, family and my priesthood, and to all of you and your pastor for the generous opportunity to appeal here in your parish on behalf of my home diocese at this year’s World Mission Appeal. My name is Fr. Dominic sabi from the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana. I am working in the Diocese of Scranton along with four diocesan priests, Fr. Philbert Takyi Nketiah at St. Jude’s church, Mountain Top, Fr. Clement Amankwaah, Christ the King church, Archbald,Fr Stephen Asomah Amponsah, Our Lady of snows, Clarks summit, Fr Sixtus Evans Appiah Kyereme, St. Mary’s parish, Nantecoke as missionaries. 

We are here because it has become necessary to reciprocate the generosity of the many American missionaries who made generous sacrifices and brought the Catholic Faith to us in Ghana many years ago, and helped to nurture its growth to maturity; we are so glad to do same as a diocese and as individual priests. But to be able to continue to offer this needed help, we need more priests. We have more vocation but the high cost of priestly formation in a crumbly economy of a developing country like Ghana is so daunting on us as a diocese. That is why we need your financial support on this year’s World Mission Appeal.

  • In total, the diocese spends about $75,000 (400,000 Ghana Cedis) on our 65 major seminarians annually (about $1,150. per seminarian).  
  • This expenditure highly strains the finances of the Diocese and painfully limits its efforts to provide other highly needed social services such as good Catholic Education, quality healthcare and potable water to many poorer rural communities we serve.

Drawing inspiration from the statement: “World Mission Sunday joins all the Catholics of the world into one community of faith”, I humbly invite you as a member of this one community of faith, to consider making a generous donation to support this worthy course, or better still, be a benefactor to one seminarian. Who knows? The priest you help to form today, may be serving this parish in some few years to come just as Frs. Clement, Philbert, Stephen, Sixtus and I  are serving here now. Please, support this appeal by giving a cash donation or write a check to St. John the Evangelist for  World Mission Sunday.

Blessings,

Father Dominic

Message from Father Langan, November 6-7

November 6-7

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you well know the Month of November is dedicated to praying for the repose of the souls of our beloved dead and their eventual entrance into Heaven.  The wonder of being in the communion of saints is that we are connected beyond the realm of death and are very much able to interact through the grace of prayer and sacrifice.  We on earth implore the assistance of those who behold the face of God to watch over, protect and encourage us to make our journey home to the Lord.  And we are truly grateful that they intercede for us.

Likewise, the souls in purgatory are dependent and grateful to us as we intercede for them.  They rely on our prayers and sacrifices that their time in purgatory may be expedited and their entrance into glory may be hastened.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most important means by which the suffering souls may be consoled and look forward to their eventual enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.  There are however other means by which these souls may be purified.  I draw your attention to the most recent declaration from the Holy See:  “Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Apostolic Penitentiary-in response to requests from bishops around the world-is once again extending opportunities to gain indulgences for the benefit of the faithful departed.  By means of the decree the indulgence is extended to the entire month of November.  When the faithful visit a cemetery and pray the Apostles Creed, the Our Father, Hail Mary and pray for the intentions of the Pope, a  plenary indulgence will benefit the soul for whom that holy act is offered.  A cemetery visit may be made each day.  The person making the visit should, within 20 days make a good Confession, receive Our Lord in Holy Communion and renounce all attachment to sin.  This personal sacrifice will in cooperation with the supreme sacrifice of Christ bring refreshment to the souls in purgatory.  Recalling the words of Our Lord:  “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

May our humble sacrifices bring release to those we love.

With Blessings,

Father Langan